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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Diaries

Correspondence

Financial Records

Autobiographical Materials

Historical Memorandums

Sermon Notes

Church and Conference Affairs

Mennonite Publishing Company

Herald of Truth Articles

Manuscripts

Clippings and Tracts

A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials

Miscellaneous



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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

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Collection Overview

Title: John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1852-1929

ID: HM1/001

Primary Creator: Funk, John F. (John Fretz) (1835-1930)

Extent: 76.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: By series

Subjects: Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930

Forms of Material: Autobiography, Correspondence, Diaries, Sermons

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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Biographical Note

Funk was an outstanding leader in the Mennonite Church, and served as a publisher, a Mennonite bishop, and was a major organizer of Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian immigration.

John Fretz Funk, 1835-1930, was one of the most important leaders among (Old) Mennonites in the 19th century.  He served as a publisher beginning in 1864-, a Mennonite Bishop beginning in 1892, and was a major organizer of the Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian Mennonite immigrants in the 1870?s.

Funk was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and lived there until he was 22 years old.  He was trained as a school teacher at Freeland Seminary (now Ursinus College).  He taught in his home community, but after two years, he moved to Chicago in 1857 to work in the lumber business with his brother-in-law, Jacob Beidler.

In January of 1864, John Funk started a printing and publishing business in Chicago.  He decided to move himself and his publishing house to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1867, after ten years in Chicago.  John Funk lived the rest of his years in Elkhart.  He belonged to the Prairie Street Mennonite Church and was buried there in 1930.  He died at the age of 95.

Funk's well-known Herald of Truth was published in Elkhart at the Mennonite Publishing Company.  In 1908 "the Herald," as it was called, merged with the Gospel Witness to create the Gospel Herald, which was published in Scottdale until 1998.  Also published by Funk were Mennonitische Rundschau, and Mennonite Sunday School Quarterly.  In 1908 Funk sold many of his publications to the Mennonite Church and the Publication Board in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Dutch-Russian Mennonites met Funk as they passed through Elkhart and Prairie Street Mennonite Church on their way to new homes in Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.  John Funk was an organizer and supporter of the Mennonite Board of Guardians, an agency to assist Mennonites to immigrate from Russia to America in the 1870s.

Subject/Index Terms

Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Access Restrictions: Material is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Preferred Citation: John Fretz Funk Papers, 1835-1930. HM1-1. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Processing Information: Papers processed, organized and listed by Sharon Klingelsmith, April 17, 1975.

Finding Aid Revision History: Box listing typed into computer and posted on web by Monical Zimmerman, June 27, 2001. Inventory of Boxes 1-50 typed in computer by Nelda Nussbaum, Marth 11, 2004. Inventory of Boxes 51-142 typed into computer by Helen Hostetler, January 2005.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series 13: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Address BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Cards, Invitations, AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chicago Home Mission Special ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Collection for Mary and Emanuel WeaverAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Denk, Hans Von der wahren liebeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Educational Problem Concerning the Church"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Elkhart Institute and GC BulletinAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Elkhart Institute AddressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Evangelizing FundAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Freeland SeminaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Good, Daniel OrdungAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Items found in the Funk Family BibleAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Items found in the New Testament of 1851Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Das LiedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Medical RemediesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Mennonite AidAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: George Brunk Evangelistic Work CertificateAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Mennonite Churches - StatisticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Mennonite Churches - StatisticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Miscellaneous PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Care of Peach TreesAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: RecipesAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Russian Settlements in NebraskaAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Strasbourg Conference of 1568-1601Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Teacher's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "A Ten Year Experiment in Co-operation"Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Warfare, its Evils, Our DutyAdd to your cart.
Box 77Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical Sketches - Salome Fretz FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical Sketches - Susanna FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical Sketches - S.D. GuengerichAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Biographical Sketches - Jacob S. FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Biographical Sketches - Martin HooverAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Biographical Sketches - S.A. KarnAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Biographical Sketches - Andrew StemenAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Biographical Sketches - John WeaverAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Biographical Sketches - Ephraim WeberAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Biographical Sketches - Jacob FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Biographical Sketches - Martin FretzAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Biographical Sketches - J.G. EwertAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: H.E. BucklenAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Library Catalog of FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Historical Library CatalogAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Library Catalog of FunkAdd to your cart.
Box 78: Austell Improvement Company and Publishing Interests (Book Lists)Add to your cart.
Box 79: Miscellaneous Record Books and NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Box 80: Miscellaneous Record Books and NotebooksAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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